If you’re unhappy with the state of your garage then you’ve probably considered an extension. A garage extension is a great way of adding usable space whilst increasing the value of your property.
That’s why it’s so important to plan everything out properly beforehand. Luckily, we’ve put together some useful points to consider before undertaking such a project.
Visualise how you want to use your space
Fist things first, what do you ultimately want from your garage space? Some people merely want to use their garage to park their car, others will want to store the family’s belongings in there. Maybe you’re one of those people who like to set up a workspace in their garage. Whatever the reason, you can’t plan your new garage until you know what needs the room is fulfilling.
Make space for a new perspective
Completely clearing your garage of everything, and I do mean everything; will help with the visualisation process. It will also help you to sort through your belongings, making it easier to separate the things you want to keep from the things you don’t need any more. This is the time to put those unused appliances on eBay, donate to charity shops and throw away any old tat.
Make a plan
Okay, after all that hard work and heavy lifting now comes the fun stuff! Plan how you want to layout your new garage and organise where you want everything to go. Functionality will be your primary concern, so make sure to sketch everything out on paper. Everything in your plan can be given to contractors to help them understand what it is you want to achieve.
Do you need planning permission?
Before committing any further to a project like this you need to make sure that it is feasible. If you are extending your garage you may or may not need planning permission; it depends on the individual situation and what it is you want to do:
Extending the width of your garage
If your garage is attached to the side of your house, you will be effectively asking to extend your property out closer to the boundary. This requires planning permission.
If you are asking to get rid of an existing freestanding garage and replace it with a wider one, it is regarded as a temporary building. Planning permission is generally not needed for this. However, make sure you don’t encroach on the property line if you want to avoid any disagreements with your neighbours.
Extending the length of your garage
Again, this will depend on whether or not your garage is attached to your property. If it is, extending the length of your garage will require planning permission.
Likewise, any temporary building should not require planning permission. In every case though it’s best to seek advice before you start. You can find out more by visiting the official government planning portal.